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6.1.14 Notifications from Other Local Authorities/Placing Providers

SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER

This chapter addresses the action to be taken on receipt of a notification from another local authority that a Looked After child has been placed at an address in this authority.

AMENDMENT

This chapter was re-written in June 2015 and should be re-read.


Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Procedure

    Appendix 1: Process of Notifications of children placed within Swindon by other local authorities

    Appendix 2: Children, Families and Community Health - Notification of Placement of Looked After Child in Swindon by another Local Authority


1. Introduction

It is a requirement within the Arrangements for Placement of Children (General Regulations 1991 in Regulations 10 and 12 that when one local authority (home authority) places a child which it is looking after within another local authority (host authority) it notifies that authority of the placement and provides required information. (See Appendix 1: Process of Notifications of children placed within Swindon by other local authorities and Appendix 2: Children, Families and Community Health - Notification of Placement of Looked After Child in Swindon by another Local Authority).

The primary purpose of this requirement is to enable the host local authority to be able to maintain a database of all looked after children resident within its area.  The database is maintained by the Quality Assurance and Reviewing Service and should include:

  • Those children looked after by Swindon Borough Council;
  • Those children looked after by another local authority, but where there has been agreement that it will carry out some functions;
  • Those children who are looked after by another local authority and where the other local authority continues to carry out all functions.

Under the Children’s Homes and Looked after Children (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2013, the manager of a children’s home must notify, without delay, the area local authority (if different from the placing authority) of the admission to/discharge from the Childrens Home of any child or young person.

The notification must state:

  • The child’s name and date of birth;
  • Whether the child is Accommodated under Section 20 or subject to a Care Order or supervision Order;
  • The contact details for:
    • The child’s home authority; and
    • The child’s Independent Reviewing Officer.
  • Whether the child has a statement of Special Educational Needs and, if so, details of the local authority which maintains the statement.

Amendments to the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010 created new requirements for local authorities making distant placements to check that local universal and specialist services are available to meet the assessed needs of the child to be placed. A Services and Support Directory has been collated for services within Swindon and will be available via the Swindon Council website, any local authority considering a placement within Swindon.


2. Procedure

Notifications of placements made, or to be made, within Swindon Borough Council

  1. Local authority sends notification to Quality Assurance and Reviewing Service using e-mail: PlacementNotifications@swindon.gcsx.gov.uk;
  2. Business Support receiving LA notification enters data and sends acknowledgement e-mail to home authority;
  3. The database must include the following information:
    • The name, gender, ethnicity and date of birth of the child;
    • The name and address of the person with whom the child is placed and, if different, the name and address of child’s parents and all those with Parental Responsibility;
    • The name of the placing authority (home authority);
    • Whether the child is subject to a child protection plan;
    • Whether the child has a disability;
    • Whether the child is involved in or at risk of sexual or criminal exploitation;
    • The date on which the placement was made and when appropriate the date the placement ended including the reason for it ending;
    • The child’s legal status;
    • Information regarding any potential risks and hazards which are known;
    • Home local authority has consulted Swindon Borough Council in relation to appropriate services being available.
  4. On receipt of either a local authorities’ intention to place or that a placement has been made, the Quality Assurance and Reviewing Service will ensure all relevant details are obtained as described above and are placed on ICS within two working days of receiving notification;
  5. Quality Assurance and Reviewing will confirm that the placing authority has accessed the Services and Support Directory which is available to all authorities expressing either an intention or have placed a Looked After Child within Swindon and informed all necessary agencies with Swindon about the placement;
  6. Quality Assurance and Reviewing Service will report on all children placed within Swindon quarterly through the Performance and Quality Assurance Board;
  7. An annual audit will be undertaken by contacting all LA’s to ensure that the database is accurate. This will be undertaken within the Quality Assurance and Reviewing Service;
  8. Where arrangements have been made for Swindon Borough Council, Children, Families and Community Health to undertake the duties of placing/home authority, what those arrangements are and the name of the person within the home and host authority with whom they were agreed.


Appendices

Click here to view Appendix 1: Process of Notifications of children placed within Swindon by other local authorities

Click here to view Appendix 2: Children, Families and Community Health - Notification of Placement of Looked After Child in Swindon by another Local Authority

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